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Hi I'm Thatcher

I'm an Air Force physician. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Though I've lived several places, and may move again, Washington is my home. I've been married to my wonderful wife for 21+ years and we have 5 children. Next to my testimony of Jesus Christ, my family is the most important thing in my life. I am in the Air Force and work as a Family Physician and currently am Chief of the Medical Staff. When I have time, I love to be in my shop woodworking, metal working, and doing other projects. We keep chickens, goats, bees and grow a big garden. I serve with the county SWAT team as a physician

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the Church and slowly developed a strong testimony of the gospel. I was touched by the lessons I learned as a child and by the firm testimony of my father. I felt the Holy Spirit teach me and witness to me the truthfulness of the teachings of the Church. By the time I was a teenager I had had several very spiritual experiences. I recall vividly one night when I was about 17 praying to God and asking him to do with me whatever He knew was best for me even if it meant making me a quadrapelegic (that was the worst thing I could think of at the time). I knew that I didn't have the knowledge or power to make it through life alone. It was easy for me to decide to serve a two year mission for the Church. Even though in retrospect I had a strong testimony of the Gospel and spiritual experiences, during my time in the Missionary Training Center (9 weeks) I longed to have a stronger testimony. One night I determined that I would pray all night if I had to to obtain this witness. I knelt at a chair with a pillow, set for the long haul, and began to pray. I fully intended to be there all night. No sooner did I state my wish and my intent than I was instructed by the Spirit, "You know it's true, get in bed." I was taken aback. I got up and went to bed. My life has been richly blessed with more experiences and blessings as I work in the Church and strive to be like Jesus and my testimony has grown stronger and stronger with time and effort.

How I live my faith

Membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is a lifestyle not a label. I try to live like Jesus would have me live. I try to be kind to others all the time. I want to develop the "pure love of Christ" or charity. The Church helps us do this. I understand that while I have been given great blessings these blessings bring with them great responsibility to serve my fellow man. My son and I have usually about 4 families that we look after every month, we teach them and help them when we can. I have had many different assignments or "callings" in the Church from teaching adults and youth to leading groups or even assisting with the ministering to a whole congregation as a bishop's counsellor. Currently I serve as one of 12 High Counsellors who assist in running the Stake which is a group of 11 congregations in our area.

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Our church services are wonderful but are not perhaps as polished as many you may have been to. No one in the congregation or leadership of the Ward (geographic area of members) is paid by the church or anyone else for their work in the church. All the work that goes into planning and putting on the Sunday meetings and week day activities is volunteered. Our families are usually bigger and young children are common so sometimes the meetings have loud spells where several children are crying but that doesn't drown out the warmth of the Holy Spirit that conveys the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ as individuals of the membership take their turns teaching the congregation in their own words and from their own experience. Everyone is welcome. You should come and see! Show more Show less